Published: Sat, June 29, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Threatens to Delay Census After Supreme Court Blocks Adding Citizenship Question

Trump Threatens to Delay Census After Supreme Court Blocks Adding Citizenship Question

Earlier in June, the Court upheld a ruling against race-based gerrymandering in Virginia, when the found that the state's House of Delegates did not have standing to challenge the lower court's decision.

The Constitution requires a census count every 10 years.

Santa Cruz County Census 2020 workers and organizations have been on high-alert, trying to spread information about and encourage people to participate in the Census. Delaying the census by executive action would be unprecedented, Anderson added. Critics called that rationale a pretext, with the Supreme Court's majority embracing that theory.

"Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, can not ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census", Mr. Trump tweeted. "Accepting contrived reasons would defeat the goal of the enterprise".

The Supreme Court has yet to make any final determination on the issue, but directed the case back to a lower court on Thursday, saying that the administration's stated reason for inquiring about the citizenship status of census takers didn't match with evidence presented on how the question came to be added.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, in part, in the decision.

Such a determination from a federal agency normally would take weeks or months. Before joining APANO a year ago, she worked in market research, which she says informs the way that she looks at the census.

"There is really no time", said Dale Ho, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the challengers.

"The Supreme Court said 'doesn't matter, we're not going to get involved in those questions anymore, ' so case over", said Benson. "It is also, as the Supreme Court today reaffirmed, unconstitutional".

In the decision, Roberts said the court was not condoning excessive gerrymandering, which can yield election results that "seem unjust", but added that it is an inherently political act reserved for legislatures, not courts, whose review would appear political.

The high court did not say the question could not be asked, just that the administration's current justification for adding the question was insufficient.

Originally, officials with the U.S. Census Bureau had set Monday as a deadline for printing paper questionnaires, although others have said they could delay the printing until the end of October.

The Court unanimously agreed that the Census Bureau, directed by the Department of Commerce, was within its rights in deciding what to include on the decennial questionnaires that are sent to every U.S. household.

His affable demeanor during oral arguments at the court - he regularly exchanged friendly remarks off-mic with liberal colleague Elena Kagan - stood in stark contrast to his angry testimony during his confirmation hearings last September when accused Democrats of orchestrating a hit-job against him. Fears that a conservative majority will undermine the legitimacy of the court have, at least for now, suffered a blow. The ruling also will likely lead to the dismissal of similar partisan gerrymandering cases in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Documents created by Republican strategist Thomas Hofeller, who died a year ago, showed he was instrumental behind the scenes in instigating the addition of the question.

"He doesn't want to be taken for a fool and he doesn't want to be seen as a pawn or that he doesn't have his own independent constitutional role", Shapiro said of Roberts.

There was even more at stake here, and the debate was filled with partisan politics: An undercount estimated by census officials of more than 8 million people would most affect states and urban areas with large Hispanic and immigrant populations, places that tend to vote for Democrats.

The newly discovered Hofeller hard drive, however, contains amended Senate and House maps that were almost complete more than a year before the 2018 elections, according to documents filed by the plaintiffs suing to overturn the maps.

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